World War Z Film Event
Published by Anne Marie Hughes on Sat 09 Jun 12 @ 22:10
Walking around the streets of Glasgow in the last two weeks and you could be forgiven for thinking you'd crossed the Atlantic to Philadelphia. The area surrounding George Square has been turned into a massive film set with plagues of zombies infesting the city.
However, there is more so this furore than staged car chases and high impact crashes. The production of such films is highly beneficial to the city.
Attracting film and television companies to Glasgow is big business. The crew of World War Z brought with them £2m of investment as well as exhibiting Glasgow's potential as a film studio to a global audience. Our next A-List visitor will be Halle Berry who is involved in scenes being filmed for Tom Twyker's blockbuster, Cloud Atlas which stars Tom Hanks, Susan Sarandon and Hugo Weaving. Some of the team from the $150m production have already been spotted scoping out St Vincent Street as a potential location and rumour has it that they will be visiting the Necropolis, hoping to include the stunning backdrop of Glasgow's finest cemetery into the shots.
Equally as promising is the BBC's recent announcement to relocate hit primetime drama Waterloo Road to the banks of the Clyde. This is a huge boost for the city's television industry, injecting £25m into the economy and upwards of 230 jobs over the course of the 50 episodes which are planned in the next two years.
To mark the choice of Glasgow as a filming location, your Chamber invites you to a special event to celebrate the importance of the film industry to our city.
Speakers will include Jennifer Reynolds, Film Commissioner at Glasgow Film Office, and a representative from the World War Z Glasgow production unit.
You will also have the chance to visit the rooftop of the Chamber building, which offers an unequaled view of the filming. Tuesday's schedule is rumored to involved helicopters and hordes of the undead chasing terrified 'citizens of Philadelphia' across George Square.
This is sure to be an enjoyable networking opportunity, offering a unique insight into the city's film and television industry. Catering will also be provided by the official World War Z suppliers.
Prices for the event are £20 (+ Vat) for members and £30 (+VAT) for non members. It will be held in the boardroom of the Chamber of Commerce at 6.00 pm.